Gold Fields State U19 players Nemanja Jankovic and Axel Richardson celebrate at the end of the match
Brilliant win for Gold Fields State Under 19s
Jul 23, 2019
Football West News
It was smiles all round for the Gold Fields Men’s State Under 19s in Indonesia today after they produced an impressively disciplined performance to beat the Persebaya Under 20 team 1-0 at the Stadion Jenggolo in Surabaya.
Axel Richardson scored the winner in the final 10 minutes, while keeper Nemanja Jankovic earlier saved a penalty.
The victory was a triumph for all involved in the team after they went down 4-0 to PS Copa in their opening match on Saturday. This was an entirely different performance against a reputedly stronger team.
The WA side happily allowed the hosts to have possession in the opening stages and looked to counter.
Buoyed by the introduction to the squad of Sorrento pair Dejan Lewis and Jake Shaked, who missed the opening fixture because of the Gulls’ Under 18 cup final last Saturday, the Gold Fields team had few problems in the opening 45 minutes.
But after the break Persebaya were given a great chance to go in front when they were awarded a penalty following a handball. Thankfully for the visitors Bayswater keeper Jankovic got down to his right and kept out the spot-kick.
That penalty miss came back to haunt Persebaya when substitute Richardson scored the game’s only goal.
The Rockingham City flier collected a fine defence-splitting pass from Lewis and sprinted away from the Persebaya back line who never looked like catching him. Richardson did well to keep the ball under control on the uneven surface before shooting beyond the keeper.
A big step-up from the first game was how coach Brad Hassell described the performance.
“The analysis we did on that game and the tweaks we made to our game plan meant the plan was executed a lot better this time around. The two boys coming in helped bolster that,” he said.
Hassell and his assistant coach John Walmsley spent a long time analysing the first match. “We said afterwards if we can get 10-15 per cent improvement from the first game from doing the analysis then it was worthwhile,” Hassell said.
Jacob Turner shows his delight after the final whistle
“First half we let them have the ball and they couldn’t penetrate our block and we dealt with them comfortably. Second half was a different story all together. They increased their tempo, were quicker and they pressed instantly.”
Hassell praised the work rate of forwards Leon Anderson, Connor Atkinson and later Hamish Van Dieken in the heat.
“They are vital to the way we want to set up and they are the first part of our defence. They set the structure for the lines behind them and I thought they were fantastic today,” he said.
Armadale’s Atkinson rolled his ankle in the second half today and it is wait-and-see as to whether he will play in Wednesday’s final match against the Persebaya Under 18s.
Hamish Van Dieken rises to flick the ball on
Football West CEO James Curtis and Head of Development Jamie Harnwell attended today’s match and will be with the players on Tuesday morning when they are guests of the Australian Consul-General of Surabaya Chris Barnes.
On Monday morning the Gold Fields players visited the headquarters of DBL, the organisation that owns the Persebaya football club and runs the national schoolboy basketball league.
On Sunday they squad got a taste of the passion of professional football in Indonesia when they went to watch the top flight Liga 1 clash between Persebaya Surabaya and league leaders TK-Kabo, which finished 1-1.